It's the new, Internet-enabled principle of reciprocity (see this page), going something like this: Comment on others' as you would have them comment on your profile – but don't go to theirs too much because it's invading their privacy. Yes, even though they put all that very personal info out there, social-networking social norms are beginning to indicate it's too aggressive, even a little … [Read more...] about Social norms in social sites
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Richard Graham, a psychiatrist in London and a fellow youth advocate, tagged me in a post on LinkedIn today, and I'm glad he did. I was getting ready to post about the remarkable "ySKILLS" report published a few weeks ago, and his post not only touched on his journey as a co-author but showed how talking with young people about their lived experience with tech and media can help their peers, … [Read more...] about Mental health 2023, Part 1: Youth on algorithms
...and what that has to do with content moderation Fizz just might come to be known as the kinder social media app. I know, you’re probably thinking, “Yeah sure.” And I do understand. But, from some great reporting by TechCrunch, I picked up on two design features that, together, could give this new app the edge where user safety’s concerned. They are that it has… The local factor. When … [Read more...] about How this new app might well be safer…
Remember “Blue Whale”? Almost five years ago, when I was getting to the bottom of that murky hoax, it wasn’t yet understood as one. It was being called a “suicide game,” and those two words were scaring parents around the world, literally. I was looking all over the Web for reliable sources and found my best one – still one of the world’s top experts on the subject, I believe – to be Georgi … [Read more...] about 9 things that make viral hoaxes challenging
What a week it has been, right? At least for those of us who follow and/or use social media. There was the naming of whistleblower Frances Haugen on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, US time; the hours-long outage of all of Facebook’s products Monday; Haugen’s testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday, a report that hackers were offering for sale 1.5 billion people’s public data they scraped from Facebook; and … [Read more...] about Take-aways from the ‘Facebook Files’